Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps on board the "USS Ticonderoga". He was awarded the CMOH for his heroism during the Union Army-Navy assault and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina on January 13 to 15, 1865. His citation reads "Despite heavy return fire by the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pound Parrott rifle which killed 8 men and wounded 12 more, Sgt. Binder, as captain of a gun, performed his duties with skill and courage during the first 2 days of battle. As his ship again took position on the 13th, he remained steadfast as the Ticonderoga maintained a well-placed fire upon the batteries on shore, and thereafter, as she materially lessened the power of guns on the mound which had been turned upon our assaulting columns. During this action the flag was planted on one of the strongest fortifications possessed by the rebels." His Medal was awarded to him on June 22, 1865. He was one of nine USS Ticonderoga crewmembers to be awarded the CMOH for their bravery during the Civil War (the others being Quartermaster Edward R. Bowman, Boatswain's Mate William Campbell, Marine Sergeant Isaac N. Fry, Coxswain Thomas Jones, Captain of the Main Top George Prance, Coxswain William Shipman, Chief Quartermaster Robert Sommers, and Captain of the Forecastle William G. Taylor).
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